Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Judges on the Sperber Prize Committee
Al Auster

AusterAl Auster is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Communication and Media Studies of Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Professor Auster is the author of five books the most recent are Thirtysomething: Television, Men, Women and Work (Routledge) and the forthcoming American Film and Society Since 1945 4th Edition. Professor Auster is the chair of the Sperber Prize Committee.

Robin Andersen


Robin Andersen, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. She also directs the Peace and Justice Studies Program. Her book, A Century of Media: A Century of War by Peter Lang Publishing in 2006, won the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award for 2007. She is the author of dozens of book chapters and journal articles, and writes media criticism for a variety of publications including, “From America’s Army to Call of Duty: Doing Battle with the Military Entertainment Complex,” Robin Andersen and Marin Kurti. Democratic Communique Volume 23, Issue 1 - Spring 2009. Her latest article, “Media Literacy, Sustainability and Citizenship,” will be published in State of the World 2010, by the World Watch Institute. Her current research continues to explore the implications of merging news and information with entertainment and fiction in media representations of war, including war-themed video games. Her books include Consumer Culture and TV Programming by Westview Press, and she co-edited the Oxford University Press anthology Critical Studies in Media Commercialism. She co-edited Battleground: The Media, a reference set in 2 Volumes for Greenwood Publishing in 2008. Website

Patricia Bosworth

BosworthPatricia Bosworth's books include her critically acclaimed biographies of the photographer Diane Arbus and the actors Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando as well as a memoir of the Blacklist- "Anything Your Little Heart Desires- an American Family Story." She is currently working on a biography of Jane Fonda. She writes regularly for the New York Times and is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. She lives in New York City.

Neil Hickey

HickeyNeil Hickey is former editor at large of The Columbia Journalism Review. He currently teaches at Columbia Journalism School. He was TV Guide's New York Bureau Chief for 25 years, and a Senior Editor for five years. He has reported from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf; from Northern Ireland, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe before the collapse of communism; from Cuba, Singapore and many other locales, including Wounded Knee during the American Indian Movement's occupation of the hamlet. Hickey has written hundreds of articles on issues relating to the press, television, cable, and telecommunications. He is a frequent panelist on television and radio talk shows, and has lectured widely before civic groups and university audiences. For three years, he was the daily television commentator and critic on the John Gambling WOR radio program.

A special issue of TV Guide which he produced in August, 1992, on the subject of violence on television has been credited with triggering a national debate on that issue, and being impetus for the introduction of a number of anti-violence bills from Congress.

He has interviewed Presidents of the United States (Clinton, Ford, Carter, Nixon, Johnson) as well as major figures in the entertainment industry (He is a recipient of the Country Music Association's Journalist of the Year Award for his coverage of that industry, a special interest of his). In 1995, he won the Everett C. Parker Award for Lifetime Achievement for his writings on telecommunications. Hickey is the author of a number of books, among them: "Adam Clayton Powell and the Politics of Race" and "The Gentleman was a Thief," a biography of Arthur Barry, the legendary 1920's jewel thief (currently under film option). He serves on committees of Ireland House, the Irish studies center at New York University, and is a member of the James Joyce Society and P.E.N.

David Nasaw


David Nasaw is currently chair of the doctoral history program and holds the position Arthur M. Schlesinger Professorof History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has served as a historical consultant for several television documentaries, and his work on Hearst has appeared in The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, and W. The recipient of Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, he lives with his wife and their two sons in New York City. His books include Schooled to Order: A Social History of Public Schooling in the United States, Children of the City: At Work and At Play, Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements, The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst, and Andrew Carnegie.

James VanOosting


James VanOosting is Professor and Department Chair of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University. He has published ten books—six nonfiction titles and four novels for intermediate readers. His articles have appeared in scholarly journals, as well as in the popular press, including COMMONWEAL, AMERICA, THE HUMANIST, and THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW. He has studied the politics of visual narratives, most recently in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Presently, he is writing a book on narrative cognition.

Previous Judges

Joe Wershba

WershbaJoe Wershba Professional writer most of his years. Sports stringer for New York newspapers in high school. High school and college editor. Radio: News writer, editor, director WCBS News, Documentary reporter for Edward R. Murrow & Fred W. Friendly "Hear It Now." (radio and record albums.) Television: Reporter-field producer, Murrow-Friendly "See It Now." Original producer-staff of "60 Minutes." Documentary awards. After CBS retirement, worked on film documentaries in the United States and Asia. Worked on Walter Cronkite's memoirs. Presently engaged in writing articles for a number of magazines. Among awards: Hillman, Emmys, American Bar Association, Peabodys.

Also, a recipient of highly prized Silurian award for country's oldest professional news society, for lifetime excellence in journalism. Reporter-columnist for New York Post, nominated for Pulitzer Prize for work on Lee Harvey Oswald Story, 1963.

Joe Dembo
In Memoriam

DemboJoseph T. Dembo joined CBS in 1960 after eight years with NBC News as a writer-reporter-producer. He is one of the originators of the all-news radio format for CBS. During his 28 years at CBS, Dembo was a CBS News correspondent, executive producer of The CBS Morning News on the television network, Rome bureau chief. He was Acting President of National Public Radio and served on the NPR Board of Directors for three years. Dembo joined the faculty of Fordham University as a Professor in 1988.
University Mourns Journalism Professor and News Radio Pioneer

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